What happens when you mix city hall with a food truck?
A bright red, brand new "City Hall to Go" truck traveling through Boston's neighborhoods where residents can perform select city services like requesting birth or marriage certificates or paying parking tickets.
“‘City Hall To Go’ builds on our mission to shake up the status quo in municipal services,” Mayor Thomas Menino said in a statement. “This pilot offers one more way for Boston residents to get personal, timely service from the City, and makes it even easier by cutting out the trip to City Hall.”
Residents will be able to pay or dispute parking tickets, request birth, death or marriage certificates, and pay property and excise taxes, among other services. The full menu of offerings is available here.
During the truck's inagural trip on Wednesday, it visited the Boston Common Frog Pond, the Copley Library, Peter's Park in the South End, the Gertrude Howes Playground in Roxbury and Ashmont Station. The truck will also join the Mayor’s "Enchanted Trolley Tour this weekend," making 16 stops across all of Boston’s neighborhoods. Starting this spring, the City plans for the truck to become a regular feature in Boston’s neighborhoods, including at special events, block parties and street festivals, as well as offer seasonal services as resident needs shift throughout the year.
Menino's office said the program will change based on feedback from residents, including the types of services offered on-the-go. Ideas for the “City Hall To Go” truck can be shared through a brief online survey or in person at any of the truck’s scheduled stops.
The truck originally served as a Boston Police Department SWAT vehicle. It's since been painted and designed with a map of the city from west to east and the city's skyline.
Residents can sign up for Twitter alerts via @CityHallToGo or visit the truck’s Web page for updates.
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